THIS LITTLE BANTY ROOSTER IS QUITE VOCAL ABOUT HIS PRESENCE
It was a familiar sound in the air at daybreak this morning. As long time reader’s know, the Ranch borders on Arizona’s WHITEWATER DRAW which is just a mile down the road. The air is alive every day with thousands of Sand Hill Cranes flying back and forth between their night time roosting area and their feeding grounds further up the valley. Great swirling flocks high above the ground at times and other times I have seen them at roof top level right over the Ranch struggling into the heavy gusting westerly winds trying get home for the night. I have countless Sand Hill Crane photos from the past few years so will try to keep things down to a dull roar this year.
EARLY MORNING SAND HILL CRANES HEADING FOR THEIR FEEDING GROUNDS UP THE VALLEY
Received an email late yesterday from some friends of ours from Bayfield. They were in Benson just north of us. Harry and Dianne from STORMRUNNER RV SALES AND SERVICE decided to head West this year and take a break from winters in Florida. Dianne has been reading our blog for about 4 or 5 years now and just wanted to head west and see some of the things I have been blogging about over the years. They were heading for Tombstone this morning so I suggested they come a little farther and meet us in Bisbee.
PHEEBS MEETS THE DONKEYS THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME
EEEUUUUUU, THOSE GUYS GOT BAD BREATH
As we rolled into one end of the parking lot at the big Lavender Pit mine in Bisbee around 11 a.m. Harry, Dianne, and their dog Sport rolled in from the other end in their truck and truck camper. They generally travel with one of their large Carriage 5th wheel but decided for there western trip they would do the truck and camper.
SITTING DOWN TO BREAKFAST AT THE BISBEE BREAKFAST CLUB (BBC)
BREAKFAST OVER, HARRY HEADS OUT THE DOOR AND DOWN THE STREET OF BISBEE’S OLD LOWELL
Great to see them and it’s the first time we have ever met anyone here in the southwest from back home that we knew. Chatted us up a storm & then headed the short distance to the BBC. ‘Bisbee Breakfast Club’. Harry sure had himself a big mess of biscuits and gravy. I’m going to have to try that sometime. Harry insisted on picking up the tab and we thank him for that.
NOW HERE’S A COUPLE NICE DOLLY’S POSING FOR A PICTURE
AWWWW YES, THE MEMORIES:))
Had us a walk down yesteryear’s Erie Street in Bisbee’s old Lowell district. This is a really neat old street that time has just forgotten about. It’s not a restored old street….it’s a real and authentic old street with broken windows, empty store fronts and weeds in the cracks of the sidewalks. Real dust and dirt in the streets and some old cars and trucks that just kind of hang out there.
<<< YEP, THEY’RE STILL POSING
At the bottom of Erie Street and across the eastern highway leading into Bisbee lies the SHADY DELL 1950'S TRAILER PARK where old restored travel trailers can be rented for a couple days or a couple weeks. Instead of staying at a motel you can stay in real 1950’s trailers.
CHECKING OUT THE SHADY DELL’S VINTAGE TRAILER PARK
From there it was back up Erie Street to pick up the vehicles and head on into the main part of Bisbee just west of the big Lavender Pit. Had ourselves a walk around a few backstreets and downtown Bisbee. Weather was perfect and the surrounding mountains looked so nice backgrounding the vivid and varied colors of Bisbee’s many artsy buildings dating back into the 1800’s.. Dianne is like me….it is all about the scenery here in the west.
HAD US A WALK-ABOUT ON BISBEE’S BACK STREETS
MANY STAIRS TO CLIMB IN BISBEE AS HARRY HEADS UP BREWERY GULCH
We said our good-byes to Dianne, Harry and Sport in front of the Bisbee Coffee Roasters shop. They were heading back to Benson & then to Tucson for a gun show on Saturday. We may catch up with them again in Yuma next month.
BYE GUYS, SEE YA LATER IN YUMA MAYBE…….
Kelly picked up few things at one of her favorite places, the High Desert Market and Café. We were back at the ranch about half an hour later. So nice to be back in Bisbee again. Some people come here, look in a few shops, maybe have a bite to eat and leave again never having the experience that is truly Bisbee. Some just drive through or past Bisbee but Bisbee is the type of place where you have to get out of your vehicle and get your boots on the ground and start walking. If you have any kind of creativity about you there’s a real good chance you will appreciate what Bisbee has to offer. Not a commercial tourist trap, just a simple little town built by a bunch of hard working miners way back in the 1800’s. The miners are long gone but the little town is still here:))
COULD IT BE DIANE IS CONFRONTING ONE OF BISBEE’S HOMELESS CHARACTERS……NAW, IT’S JUST ME
SAY DI, DID YA HEAR THE ONE ABOUT…….
SHE’S THINKING ABOUT IT
SHE JUST GOT IT….:))
Not being used to taking medications it’s quite a challenge for me to remember to take my 800mg Ibuprofen every 8 hours. I have been avoiding taking the Oxycondone and am saving those high powered guys in case of an emergency. I’m afraid this whole medical thing is beginning to turn into a bit of a nightmare for us.
ON A BISBEE WALL
Kelly spent a long time on the phone this morning trying to get me in to a Urologist in Sierra Vista but no go. Also found out our trip back to Tucson is only the beginning of a 3 step procedure that will take 3 weeks and two additional trips. We are also aware of the fact our insurance company may very well balk at having the procedure done here in the States. They have been known to force people to return to Canada for things like this so we have ourselves a bit of a dilemma shaping up.
PEEK-A-BOO BUS AT SHADY DELL
And the size of the Kidney Stone itself is beginning to cause us concern. Kelly had a long talk with the Urologist’s office in Sierra Vista this afternoon and they said the size of the Kidney Stone is going to create it’s own problems. Oh dear. After all these years of being basically Doctor and Hospital free it looks like it just may be time for Al to finally pay the Piper.
CHARLIE THE CAT KEEPS A WARY EYE ON PHEEBS FROM ATOP A PILE OF HAY BALES
Nice being here at the Ranch spending time with Jeanie & Ray before they head out in their Motor Home in a couple days for points west. A couple of down to earth people like ourselves and we all get along well. Tomorrow morning we will go through the ranch procedures. Ray will re-orient me once again on the delicate procedure of milking the chickens. No horses this year but I will have to share my peanut butter and honey sandwiches with the Donkeys again. I taught ranch dog Pearce to wait for a smooch before I fed him 3 years ago and he still remembered that as I put a smooch on his little black doggy nose before feeding him this afternoon. Yes, we always love being here at the Ranch in Arizona’s Cochise County. And, Pheebs is just having a blast racing around all over the place with no worries to us for her safety. We are completely fenced in by acres of Coyote proof fencing. Even little Motor is free to wander and she is having a blast as well.
PHEEBS AND GLEESON
All 4 dogs get along great and it’s fun to watch Peebs and Gleeson playing together. A couple years ago we had as many as 6 dogs here some days and I just loved getting out on the grass and playing with the guys. We had some really great zany times:))
RAY TAKES OUT SOME HAY FOR PONCHO AND SARAH
I will have to pay closer attention to the spacing between my posts paragraphs. Live Writer and Blogger sometimes have conflicts of interest in how things are done. I always leave a space between paragraphs when writing the blog but sometimes Blogger does not interpret what Live Writer is doing, or vice versa.
MOTORMOUSE KEEPS A CLOSE EYE ON MY SUPER TONIGHT
The Bayfield Bunch welcomes 3 new Blog Followers today. Not sure if PAGE is WINNIE VIEWS: A GIRL'S GUIDE TO TOWING WITH A TOAD. I checked PAGE’S profile and saw the above link on it. HEINZRVJOURNEY is followed by FOXY to round out the 3 new Followers. Thanks guys, I appreciate your interest.
DAY’S END IN THE SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY…ARIZONA:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A swimming instructor at a Los Angeles university was quizzing a group of students on Red Cross life saving and water safety techniques.
They answered all of her questions easily until she posed this one: "Which article of clothing would you remove last if you fell from a boat or dock fully clothed?"
Everyone mentioned something different. It was evident that no one knew the correct answer, so the instructor helped out. "The blouse," she said, "because the air gets under the blouse and acts like a buoy!"
The subsequent uproar ended the class.
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